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CA industrial electricity rates are becoming a significant competitive disadvantage for MFG

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on June 18, 2018





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CMTA shows Legislature importance of CA MFG

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on June 11, 2018

You might recall from CMTA's earlier celebration and magazine feature that 2018 is the Centennial Anniversary year for CMTA.  In 1918, five founding companies started the Association (then called the California Manufacturers Association) because they were aware of the huge and growing role they played in the regional economy. 100 years later the same things drive our association and the sector itself - innovation, job creation and competitiveness.

Last week CMTA gained attention both in the Capitol and through twitter with a California manufacturing display in front of the Governor's office to help us celebrate our Centennial year and to launch our efforts for this year's Oct. 5 Manufacturing Day.  Assemblyman Mike Gipson also passed a unanimous Resolution on the Floor commemorating the Oct 5th Manufacturing Day and this week Senator Josh Newman will present his Resolution for CMTA's Centennial Anniversary year. The Capitol exhibit emphasized every reason why our State leaders should work to attract more manufacturing. With only 4.5 percent of last year's U.S. manufacturing investment and a manufacturing sector that continues to lag the national renaissance in job growth, California must enact policies that make our state more competitive for retention and attraction of manufacturing growth.

Make sure you show your support for California manufacturing by using this preformatted tweet

And don't forget to text "mfgchamp" to 916-571-9360.

 





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CMTA celebrates CA MFG with exhibit in State Capitol

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on June 4, 2018

You might recall from CMTA's earlier celebration and magazine feature that 2018 is the Centennial Anniversary year for CMTA.  In 1918, five founding companies started the Association (then called the California Manufacturers Association) because they were aware of the huge and growing role they played in the regional economy. 100 years later the same things drive our association and the sector itself - innovation, job creation and competitiveness.

This week CMTA has set up a California manufacturing display in front of the Governor's office in the State Capitol to help us celebrate our Centennial year and to launch our efforts for this year's Oct. 5 Manufacturing Day.  The exhibit emphasizes every reason why our State leaders should work to attract more manufacturing. With only 4.5 percent of last year's U.S. manufacturing investment and a manufacturing sector that continues to lag the national renaissance in job growth, California must enact policies that make our state more competitive for retention and attraction of manufacturing growth.

Please stop by the exhibit on the first floor of the State Capitol this week to take a selfie and tweet your picture showing your support of California manufacturing. (Hashtags: #CAmfg, #CMTAcentennial, MFGday2018)

 

 





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CMTA President and Intel representative on housing panel

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 30, 2018

The California Association of Relators is hosting a panel of thought leaders this Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center (Room 202)  as they examine workforce housing solutions for an expanding workforce population in the Sacramento region. CMTA's Dorothy Rothrock and CMTA Board Member from Intel, Jonathan Williams, will sit on the panel.

California’s housing supply and affordability crisis threatens the state’s economy and its global leadership in manufacturing. High housing costs discourage in-migration of manufacturing workers and puts upward pressure on wages which hurts our competitiveness in California. Rothrock and Williams will discuss the importance of turning this around for our manufacturing and technology sector growth. 

The panel discussion and audience Q&A session – presented by C.A.R.’s Center for California Real Estate - will explore the relationship between housing availability and community viability, perspectives on Sacramento’s trajectory based upon the current housing supply crisis, the appropriate role and leadership necessary by local government, statewide and regional business leaders, and ways Sacramento can capitalize on opportunities in the technology space.

This event is free. For more information: melissah@car.org

Moderator: Joel Singer, CEO, California Association of Realtors

Panelists:

  • Jonathan Williams, Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Intel Corporation 
  • Dorothy Rothrock, President, California Manufacturers & Technology Association 
  • Angelique Ashby, Sacramento City Council Member
  • John Krueger, Executive Vice President, Greater Sacramento Economic Council 

 





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What Matters: Time to talk to your legislator!

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on March 23, 2018

The legislature has introduced thousands of new bills to vote on in the months ahead.  We look for impacts on manufacturers and either support or oppose the bills.  While lobbying legislators on those bills, we talk about the existing rules, regulations and taxes already impacting California manufacturers.  The costs of doing business are already too high and the burdens grow every year.

A new regulation might be well-intended to solve a real problem, but the cumulative costs of all California regulations are overwhelming for manufacturers. The high costs of doing business threaten to make many more California manufacturers uncompetitive in the marketplace.  Manufacturers won’t be able to make investments and create jobs if their costs are too high.

State leaders like to tout the size of California’s economy and how many thousands of jobs we have created since the end of the recession - more than any other state! In fact just today the state reported that we added 14,000 jobs last month among all sectors.  That’s good, but not good enough. What really matters is how we are doing compared to other states on an apples-to-apples basis.  The sad truth is that we are only attracting half the number of new manufacturing jobs than we should on a population adjusted basis.  And since the recession’s end we attracted barely two percent of the country’s manufacturing investments even though California has more than 10 percent of US manufacturing.  We are losing manufacturing muscle because costs are too high.  If investments don’t come here, jobs will be lost in the future.  

So if a new bill increases the cost of doing business, even a little bit, we will do our best to tell legislators why that matters.  If they are serious about protecting and promoting new middle-class manufacturing jobs, they will listen and modify their proposals. 

State legislators are “home” in the district next week during the spring break. You can help us lobby on the bills by reminding your legislator about the taxes you pay and the regulations for which you struggle to comply.  You can use this tool to find your legislator's phone number to call. You can also use the tool to send him or her a tweet.

Also sign up for our mobile text alerts and watch for our messages in April, May and June when votes and hearings go into full swing.  You can do so by texting “mfgchamp” to 916-571-9360. Thanks for helping us keep manufacturing a growing part of the California economy.





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